[ Music ] >> Chen: The way I got involved in health disparities is I read an article, and in that article I learned that unlike U.S. populations, cancer’s the leading cause of death for Asian-Americans. Everyone else’s leading cause of death is heart disease. As an Asian-American, I then felt like it was my obligation to marry the two-my knowledge of cancer, my cultural background of Asian-Americans, and then to find ways to intersect and bring about an integration of knowledge of cancer health disparities so that we could achieve behavioral outcomes. Hepatitis B induced liver cancer is our greatest cancer health disparity. The ratio of those with Hepatitis B among foreign-born Asians is 68.5 to 1 for U.
S. born whites, and so there is no greater disparity than this. At the same time we recognize that Hepatitis B induced liver cancer is potentially avoidable. We do have a vaccine that’s effective and is being applied from infancy through about age 20. That doesn’t necessarily address the adults who missed the vaccination. We want to address this particular disparity, and we’re very fortunate again to do that with NIH funding. AANCART stands for the Asian-American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training. We believe that our charge is to reduce the unique, unusual, and unnecessary cancer burden effecting Asian Americans. In our current research project, one of the things we’re trying to do is to determine who has ever been tested for Hepatitis B, and when we ask our Asian patients and people, “Have you ever been tested for Hepatitis B,” and we show them on the arm, this is, you know, the test is normally done here, people say, “Oh, TB.
” Well, we have learned through AANCART that if we could use our respective Asian languages, that our individuals, our target population is not hard to reach but rather hardly reached, and the more we can integrate and use Asian languages and use the cultural background and the appeals that we’ve learned growing up in the Asian-American community, the more effective we can be. It’s important for the general population to know that disparities need to be reduced. The fact of the matter is that people of color, people of racial ethnic minorities are, you know, are the majority of Americans, and yet it is this group of people who are experiencing disparities, and so for us to be healthier as a nation, we need to do everything we can to lift the burden, to reduce the disparities, and then we become a healthier people in the long run. It not only saves lives, but it also is going to be more cost effective.
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